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Special Interest Groups

Rating Group: Montana Human Rights Network

2007 Human Rights Score

State Office District Name Party Rating
MT State House 26 Mitch Tropila Democratic 93
MT State House 54 Jeffrey Essmann Republican 13
MT State Senate 1 Chas Vincent Republican 6
MT State Senate 4 Mark Blasdel Republican 0
MT State Senate 6 Janna Taylor Republican 6
MT State Senate 9 Llewelyn Jones Republican 19
MT State Senate 10 Rick Ripley Republican 0
MT State Senate 16 Jonathan Windy Boy Democratic 81
MT State Senate 20 Duane Ankney Republican 19
MT State Senate 25 Robyn Driscoll Democratic 100
MT State Senate 26 Elsie Arntzen Republican 13
MT State Senate 31 Mike Phillips Democratic 100
MT State Senate 33 Jennifer Pomnichowski Democratic 100
MT State Senate 35 Scott Sales Republican 0
MT State Senate 36 Debby Barrett Republican 0
MT State Senate 37 Jon Sesso Democratic 100
MT State Senate 38 Jim Keane Democratic 88
MT State Senate 40 Christine Kaufmann Democratic 100
MT State Senate 41 Mary Caferro Democratic 94
MT State Senate 42 Jill Cohenour Democratic 100
MT State Senate 49 Diane Sands Democratic 100
MT Budget Director Dan Villa Democratic 100
MT Public Service Commissioner 3 Roger Koopman Republican 0
MT Public Service Commission Vice Chair Bob Lake Republican 6
Shannon Augare 94
Keith Bales 0
Joe Balyeat 0
Gregory Barkus 0
William Beck, Sr. 0
Arlene Becker 94
Bob Bergren 94
Norma Bixby 100
Jerry Black 7
Scott Boggio 6
Gary Branae 94
Roy Brown 20
John Brueggeman 40
Edward Butcher 0
Terrence Callahan 94
Margarett Campbell 94
Edith Clark 6
John Cobb 60
Vicki Cocchiarella 87
Mike Cooney 100
Douglas Cordier 81
Aubyn Curtiss 0
Sue Dickenson 100
Ernie Dutton 19
Robert Ebinger, Jr. 94
Jim Elliott 100
Ron Erickson 100
John Esp 20
George Loren Everett 0
Julie French 88
Kevin Furey 94
David Gallik 100
Steven Gallus 100
Kelly Gebhardt 13
Kim Gillan 93
William Glaser 0
Wanda Grinde 94
George Groesbeck 100
Robin Hamilton 88
Betsy Hands 100
Kenneth Hansen 80
Dan Harrington 93
Ray Hawk 0
Robert Hawks 100
Ralph Heinert, Jr. 6
Gordon Hendrick 6
Teresa Henry 100
Edward Hilbert 0
Dennis Himmelberger 0
Cynthia Hiner 75
Galen Hollenbaugh 94
Pat Ingraham 6
Verdell Jackson 0
Hal Jacobson 100
Joey Jayne 88
Larry Jent 80
Bill Jones 25
Mike Jopek 100
Rick Jore 0
Carol Juneau 100
Dave Kasten 0
Krayton Kerns 0
Sam Kitzenberg 73
Harry Klock 19
Deborah Kottel 88
Richard Laible 20
Carol Lambert 25
Michael Lange 0
Lane Larson 80
Jesse Laslovich 93
Dave Lewis 20
Greg Lind 100
Gary MacLaren 6
Bruce Malcolm 6
Dave McAlpin 100
Bill McChesney 88
Daniel McGee 0
Tom McGillvray 0
Walter McNutt 25
Scott Mendenhall 0
Mike Milburn 0
Penny Armstrong Morgan 25
Lynda Moss 100
Terry Murphy 7
John Musgrove 100
Art Noonan 88
Bill Nooney 6
Jesse O'Hara 13
Alan Olson 25
Jerry O'Neil 0
John Parker 88
Gerald Pease 87
Gary Perry 13
Jim Peterson 7
Kenneth Peterson 6
Holly Raser 100
Michele Reinhart 100
Diane Rice 6
John Ross 19
Don Ryan 80
Trudi Schmidt 93
Jim Shockley 20
John Sinrud 0
Veronica Small-Eastman 94
Frank Smith 100
Jon Sonju 0
Carolyn Squires 100
Wayne Stahl 6
Corey Stapleton 13
Donald Steinbeisser 7
Ronald Stoker 6
Robert Story, Jr. 7
Bill Tash 20
William Thomas 75
Joseph Tropila 80
Kendall Van Dyk 94
David Wanzenried 100
John Ward 19
Dan Weinberg 100
Jack Wells 0
Carol Williams 93
Franke Wilmer 100
Bill Wilson 88
Brady Wiseman 100
Craig Witte 6

How to Interpret these Evaluations

Keep in mind that ratings done by special interest groups often do not represent a non-partisan stance. In addition, some groups select votes that tend to favor members of one political party over another, rather than choosing votes based solely on issues concerns. Nevertheless, they can be invaluable in showing where an incumbent has stood on a series of votes in the past one or two years, especially when ratings by groups on all sides of an issue are compared. Website links, if available, and descriptions of the organizations offering performance evaluations are accessible by clicking on the name of the group.

Most performance evaluations are displayed in a percentage format. However, some organizations present their ratings in the form of a letter grade or endorsement based on voting records, interviews, survey results and/or sources of campaign funding. For consistency and ease in understanding, Project Vote Smart converts all scores into a percentage when possible. Please visit the group's website or call 1-888-VOTESMART for more specific information.

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